A couple weeks ago, this book showed up at my house via a friendly PR company.
Clean, Green, and Lean: Get Rid of the Toxins That Make You Fat. Hmmm…aaight! I’ll take a look!
Well I read the book and honestly, the “Green” in the title is a very clear tie to the “Green” zone that I’ve written about before. And it’s a zone that I know that a lot of us aren’t in it yet. It’s not that I don’t think this book has merit…but I’m just not there yet. I can’t quite think about the toxins in the paint on my walls right now. I know I should and that someday I will, but I’m just not there. It’s not that I don’t believe it; it’s just such a huge deep topic, and I’ll be honest…when I start reading about phalates, I just fall apart, even more so than I did in my college Econ classes (classes plural, cause I failed the first one). If you are into that stuff, and can read the names of chemicals without feeling like clawing your own eyes out with frustration/crying your eyes out for our poor planet…then you are awesome. And you will probably like this book!
And let us know how that colonic goes.
But if you are not, there are still some good tips in this book, such as a list of the dirty dozen veggies and fruits and reminders about toxins in seafood, meat, dairy, and such. But there was one thing about this book that I really wanted to share because I think it’s something we should all be aware of even if we aren’t “green” and it’s something I hadn’t really considered before.
When discussing common toxins, the issue of BPA and plastic comes up. Now, a lot of us gave up our Nalgenes when BPA got a bad rap a few years ago. But this book made me think on it some more. The author discusses a recent test on “microwave-safe” containers and writes,
“When the label on a plastic container says it’s microwave safe, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t contaminate food with plastic during microwaving — it means the plastic container won’t melt during the microwave session.”
Uhhh….shit. So what does it mean?
It means that even if the container doesn’t melt, apparently, during microwaving, the plastic molecules bounce all around like dodge balls in my gym class circa 1994. And just like a dodge ball was bound to hit you at some point, some plastics bounce into your food.
Now, plastics are one of those things that we don’t really know how bad they are. Hey, maybe eating plastic is fine. Maybe it doesn’t disrupt our hormonal systems or cause premature sexual development in young girls. I’m willing to bet the peops at Stouffer’s will argue that plastics are perfectly healthy and even beneficial. Plastic boosts fertility! Before you know it, plastic trays are going to have added fiber and calcium! Probiotics in your Lean Cuisine tray!!!
But to me, this is one place I’ll err on the side of caution and file this under one more really good reason to avoid processed foods.
It’s like, now aside from the sodium, now we have to think about plastic? No fucking thank you; I don’t need that frozen meal. Aside from all the chemicals they pack, even “healthy” processed foods often come in those flimsy-ass trays. And um who hasn’t overcooked one and seen the tray cave in a bit into her food?! Damnit. Mac and cheese and melted plastic. Great.
I don’t even care if plastic is making us fat…I just can’t imagine it’s not making us sick.
I’ve talked so many times about making your own frozen dinners and this is another great reminder of why you should. It’s so easy to do! And if you must store them in plastic, fine. But then just thaw them on a plate. (I’m trying to find better ways to store my food just to cut down on my plastic use overall…any suggestions for freezing??)
I don’t expect everyone to be all green all the time. I know most of us aren’t there yet. But we do know that frozen meals are neither cheaper nor healthier than real food, and now we know that they are pretty much jizzing plastic in our imitation fettuccine. And that’s an image I’d like you to keep in your mind as your microwave spins your dinner right round.
PS If you want someone to give it to you a little more harshly please read “Hey Stouffers! Fuck You In Your Fucking Toasted Asshole You Fucking Dicks!” I quote: “Food in a box is straight up bullshit, fuck that poison. Sandwiches are fucking delicious and easy as fuck to make. If you support this garbage then your idiot ass can fuck off too.”
You get the idea.